|Anyone else have 50 cm handlebars?||tl 1|
Jul 18, 2001 5:36 AM
|I bought a set of these when I saw them on sale and I really like them. They felt strange at first going from 44cm bars but after over 500 miles I've come to really love them. They are very comfortable for me as I have wide shoulders and they effetively open up your chest to improve breathing too. The only problem is that the handlebar tape I bought (Salsa) was not long enough to fully wrap them. I ended up wrapping from the stem side out and the ends are finished in black Bishop tape- a self sticking high voltage tape that actually works pretty well. Does anyone know what handlebar tapes would be long enough to fully wrap them?|
|Got some, love 'em, can't go back to 44s||cory|
Jul 18, 2001 7:52 AM
|When I built up my Atlantis, I was going to swap the 44cm bars over from another bike and buy cheapies to replace them. I ordered some $18 50-cm bars from Nashbar just to try them, but then because I was eager to get the Atlantis on the road, I put the 50s on it "temporarily." Took a few rides to get used to them, but it's been about six months, and I love them. I've gained a hand position, just from being able to move around on the tops.
I wrapped mine with some cork tape in Bianchi celeste, which (almost) matches the Atlantis green. I think it's Cinelli, but it's been awhile and I can't remember for sure. It fits if you only overlap about 1/4 the width of the tape.
The cork is pretty fragile, and when I get around to it I'm going to overwrap that with some old-fashioned cotton tape. It's cheap ($3 per roll; takes two per bar), and I bought an extra roll to go around the levers before I wrap the bar itself.
|Ahh, a dream bike!||tl 1|
Jul 18, 2001 2:38 PM
|That's a really good looking steel frame. I've ogled the Atlantis repeatedly since they debuted it and tried to figure a way to afford one. Soon, very soon! I want a good looking lugged steel bike to do fast, comfortable touring on, with (gasp!) a few gravel roads and mild trails thrown in there. The Atlantis is at the top of my wish list.
As far as the tape, I had no idea that the old fashioned cotton tape was still being made. Where do you get it? Rivendell perhaps?
|Re the cotton tape: Rivendell has many colors||Retro|
Jul 19, 2001 3:44 PM
|It's three bucks a roll, at least seven or eight colors. REI carries it sometimes, too, but only in black as far as I know.|| |